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01 April, 2020, 03:37 AM IST

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Assam govt plans peace discussion with Ulfa (I)

Following the Bodo Accord,the Assam government has appealed to anti-talk ULFA, which is also known as Ulfa (Independent), under commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah to emulate the footsteps of Bodo outfits and agree to have peace talks with the state government.

  • Sonowal while informing that there has been 18 percent growth in the collection of State GST (SGST) in the state and refunds have been made on time, Sonowal urged the Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman to release the Central GST (CGST) and Integrated GST (IGST) refunds so that business community here gets encouragement to increase business activity.

    The order pointed out that a Delimitation Commission was set up under the Delimitation Act, 2002 to readjust the division of each state and union territory into territorial constituencies for the purpose of Lok Sabha and state assembly elections on the basis of census figures of 2001.

    The government plans to convert the religious education structures into high schools within four-five months. The move would not affect any privately run religious institutions.

    "We all know that cow dung is very helpful. Likewise, when cow urine is sprayed, it purifies an area... I believe something similar could be done with 'gaumutra' and 'gobar' to cure coronavirus (disease)," she said during a discussion on smuggling of cattle to Bangladesh during Special Mention on the first day of the budget session of the assembly.

    The committee set up to recommend norms in Clause 6 of the Assam Accord submitted its report to state chief secretary Sanjay Krishna on Wednesday after failing to receive an appointment from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). MHA officials said there was no consensus on some recommendations.

    Following the violent Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) unrest on December 15 last year, summit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Guwahati was postponed. Japanese Ambassador to India Santoshi Suzuki has on Tuesday called on Sonowal in Guwahati.

    Ruling BJP in Assam has fanned out building up strong organisational bases in the assembly seats presently held opposition by Congress. Congress in 2016 assembly polls managed to win 24 seats.

    States purchase grain under the decentralised procurement scheme (DCP). Under the Food Security Act , the Centre procures grain either via state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) or pays states for direct purchase, store and distribution.

    Assam finance minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said no one can give proof of religious persecution or fear of religious persecution however a person who will apply for Citizenship under Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) must give some evidence that he was in Assam prior to 2014.

    Naga Accord interlocutor RN Ravi, who is also the Nagaland governor, held a series of meetings with Naga groups in New Delhi to end the stalemate to find a final solution to the Naga problem, ET has learnt.

    The foundation stone of the bridge was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 9, 2019, as the length of the six lane project will be 8.4 km with approach road on both sides of the Brahmaputra as the length of the actual bridge over the river will be 1.24 km. The project is estimated to be completed within four years.

    Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was presented the prestigious Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee award 2020 for Politics at the 6th India Ideas Conclave in Gujarat.

    Muslims comprise 34% of 3.12 crore population in the state; of these, 4% are indigenous Assamese Muslims while rest are Bengali-speaking ones. The government is yet to begin with the assessment and will start a house-to-house enumeration process to identify indigenous Muslims in Assam.

    Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said, “We will bring a bill where it will essential that student has to study Assamese as one of the subject for getting a government job needless to say for Barak valley and Bodoland it will be Bengali and Bodo respectively.”

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